Mexico Flag LbNA # 361
|Placed Date||Jan 3 2003|
|Found By||Lucy Locket|
|Last Found||Jun 29 2008|
*** Part of my Six Flags Over TX Series ***
Terrain Difficulty: Easy (flat, 300 yards RT)
Status: reported missing (11/18/10)
For more than a decade after Mexico became independent in 1821, hardy pioneers from the Hispanic south and the Anglo north flowed into Texas. Stephen F. Austin brought the "Old 300" during this time. But divergent social and political attitudes began to alienate the two cultures. The final straw was when General Santa Anna scrapped the Mexican federal constitution and declared himself dictator. Texans revolted and after losing battles at Goliad and the Alamo, won their independence on April 21, 1836, at San Jacinto Battleground near Houston. Mexico's intricate flag pictures an eagle, a snake (an image from pre-Columbian mythology) and cactus on bars of brilliant green, white and red. The city of Goliad contains many sites significant in the history of Mexico and Texas. In Goliad State Park, where this box is hidden, is the Mission Nuestra Senora del Espiritu Santo de Zuniga, the first large cattle ranch in Texas. Other Goliad Historic Sites include: the Fannin Memorial Monument, marking the burial site of Fannin and his men; Presidio La Bahia, site of the "Goliad Massacre" of Colonel Fannin and his men during the Texas Revolution; and the birthplace of General Zaragoza, the Mexican general that defeated the French at the Battle Of Puebla on May 5, 1862 (Cinco de Mayo). Just 9 miles east of town is the Fannin Battleground State Historic Site where Fannin and his men were captured.
Goliad is located about 150 miles southwest of Houston on Hwy. 59. From Goliad go south on Hwy. 183 for .5 mile to the entrance of Goliad State Park on the right. The other sites are just another .5 mile south on Hwy. 183.
Park at the mission/museum parking lot on the left near the pay booth in Goliad State Park. Walk to the Visitor Center and pay the fee ($2.00 per adult), then walk to the Mission and take some time to enjoy it. When you are ready to look for the box, walk northwest across the Mission grounds about 50 yards to the back gate, which will exit through the stone wall to the nature trail. Follow the loop trail to the right for about 100 yards until you reach marker post #9 just before the first bridge. Turn right and walk west at 270 degrees off the trail for 15 paces to a half-dead tree with hollow trunk. Look on the back side of the trunk under some dead branches and leaves for the box. Please re-cover when done.